For the first time in history, three countries will host the FIFA World Cup. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have all been selected to host the 2026 World Cup. It’ll be the first time since 2002 a World Cup has been hosted by more than one nation. Mexico becomes the first nation to host three tournaments. The United States is hosting their second. For Canada, it’ll be their first time hosting the Men’s World Cup as they hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament to feature 48 teams. A total of 80 matches; 10 in Canada, 10 in Mexico, and 60 in the United States. They’ll be 16 groups with three teams in each. Each team will play two games in the group stage instead of the usual three. Basically, the top two teams of each group advance to the first knockout stage which will then be the Round of 32. Rumor has it group games that finish in a draw after regulation and extra time can go to penalty kicks to decide who advances to knockouts.
They’ll be 16 venues; three in Canada, three in Mexico, and ten in the United States. There are 17 cities that are regarded as possible locations where games will take place, but the official ten venues are expected to be decided by 2021. East Rutherford, New Jersey is one of the American venues as the final is expected to take place at Metlife Stadium.
According to the New York Times’ Tariq Panja, the voters were convinced by the promise of not only record crowds and revenue but a record profit of $11 billion. The bidding ended up 134 to 65 in the North American favor. Their only opponent was Morocco. For the United States and Canada, they hope that this will bring more excitement to the sport of soccer, especially because the Canadian Men’s National Soccer team hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1986. If they miss the tournament in 2022, this will give them some pride.